The welcome to the funky atrium-style reception was warm and friendly. Our second-floor room had views over the Albert Docks, and a comfortable bed with grey velvet accents was complemented by stylish black furniture, including a huge full-length mirror. A long desk with executive desk chair, plus lots of plugs and USB charging points mean this could be an excellent room for working in, though the very dim lighting, while atmospheric, made it tricky to read. The corridor was lined with Beatles posters and Merseybeat memorabilia, plus a large fish tank below a yellow submarine suspended from the ceiling. The Malbar downstairs was a glitzy space, with plush red velvet sofas and crystal lights. Breakfast, in the cool industrial-style restaurant space, was pleasant but very busy.
Salt House Bacaro
The dinner menu at Malmaison is good, but we walked a few minutes up the road to eat at Salt House Bacaro on Castle Street, a fantastic restaurant based on the small plate concept of Venetian bacari. The industrial feel of the space is warmed by a fairy light-strewn bar and the general buzz of the place — busy even on a cold Sunday evening. Super friendly service contributed to the cosy atmosphere, as did a superb Campari bar – the classic negroni was particularly good. We ate a selection of delicious dishes: stand outs were a pizzette with slow-cooked harissa lamb, light-as-a-feather fritto misto and fantastically creamy burrata.
Words: Jo Fletcher-Cross
7 William Jessop Way, Liverpool, L3 1QZ
Rooms start from £79
Salt House Bacaro, 47 Castle Street, Liverpool, L2 9UB